WILLIAM ALWYN (1905-1985): Serenade, 7 Irish Tunes, Dramatic Overture: The Moor of Venice (orch. Philip Lane), Concerto Grosso No. 2, Concerto Grosso No. 3.
Catalogue Number: 09N009
Description: Three World Premiere Recordings highlight this latest release in the Alwyn series: The 1956 The Moor of Venice, a nine-minute tone poem, originally for brass band and commissioned by the BBC Light Programme which doesn't sound "light" at all in its full-blooded depiction of Otello, Desdemona and Iago; the early (1932) Serenade, a four-movement jeu de esprit of 11 minutes written by the young composer while he was in Australia on a musical examination tour; and the Irish Tunes of 1936 (Alwyn used six of these previously, in 1923, for string quartet) which were excerpted from the Petrie Collection of Irish Music published in the mid 19th century and whose nine minutes pass by quickly and delightfully. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; David Lloyd-Jones.